Time to be more proactive in dealing with Newnan shootings

The lull in multiple shootings across Newnan and Coweta County ended this week.

On Sunday, Newnan police were investigating two incidents – a man pointing a gun at another in one instance and a man who allegedly shot at someone in another. Both occurred on East Broad Street. The gunman, or gunmen, remain at large.

On Monday, there was yet another shooting, this time involving a house on Melson Street. Police found four 9mm shells in the middle of Melson Street. They also discovered two bullet holes on the front door and next to the door. Two men were arrested in the Melson Street incident and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

Fortunately, no one, other than the house, was injured in any of the incidents.

The same can’t be said for recent events. Between March 25 and the first week of April, there were seven shootings in Newnan and Coweta County.

Since March 25, seven shootings have occurred in Newnan and Coweta County – three men lost their lives, two were arrested and four injured.

After that first series of shootings, prayer vigils were held. Community leaders sponsored an activities day to try to bring the inner-city communities together. Those were all positive and a good start, but it’s obviously not enough.

We do not have the manpower to put police officers on every corner where these shootings occur. And most of them are centered in two areas.

Leaders in the affected communities are going to have to take much more proactive measures. Increase neighborhood watch programs, start going to the police and “ratting” out the undesirables. Get angry. Get the hoods out of your communities.

Let’s hope the incidents the last couple of days were only that and not the start of yet another round of shootings and killings.

As the Rev. Harry D. Gatewood III said in a Letter to the Editor on this page today: “Let’s not be a society where we just point out flaws and not take proper action to create reconciliation and recovery. If we do not seek change many of the same problems we see today will not go away.”

Get involved; meet your neighbor, get a faith community.



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